FG sets up committee for climate services
Lawan Hamidu, Abuja
The Nigerian Government has inaugurated a committee to develop a national framework for application of climate services in the country.
The committee is expected to come up with guidelines and recommendations to reduce the effect of climate change on the economy, agriculture, and infrastructure among others.
Inaugurating the ten-member committee, Vice President Namadi Sambo charged members to take advantage of the recommendations of the World Meteorological Organisation “Global Framework for Climate Services” to provide a document which could be applicable at regional and national levels.
Vice President Sambo said “as a result of the early weather warning memorandum premised on last year’s rainy season’s flood disaster that caused great losses to the nation, the Federal Executive Council recommended the setting up of the committee which President Jonathan approved.”
He said “the warning is timely considering the observable effects of global climate change and its resultant consequences in the forms of rise in sea level shift in rainfall patterns and extreme weather conditions resulting in hazards such as floods and droughts.”
Members of the Committee include the Minister of National Planning as Chairman, Minister of Aviation as Vice Chairman, Ministers of Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development.
Others are Ministers of Works, Science and Technology, Water Resources, Health as well as Minister of Transport.
“Wake up call”
Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Shamsudeen Usman, said some of the events that happened last year, especially the flooding, represent a great wakeup call that things cannot continue to be taken for granted.
He described the inauguration of the committee as a testimony of government’s proactive way of dealing with issues of great concern to the lives of citizens.
Dr. Usman then gave assurance that the Committee will handle its mandate with vigour and will deliver the assignment on time.